9 Things to Should Do Every Weekend to Reset For the Week Ahead

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 Hope you all had one terrific weekend, now what will be nice is to have one GREAT week ahead. Think about this:
It’s Sunday night and — groan, groan, groan — that means the weekend is coming to a close. Monday mornings are difficult. But you can make them a little more do-able. On the weekends, I make room for fun things. I make room for clear thinking. I make room for not feeling overwhelmed or over-scheduled. Sunday is a great time for me to walk through the week and try to smooth the path ahead of us.

  For one of my "fun things", Wore this to see the Movie Spy, so so Funny. Go SEE it!!
  
Here are 9 things you should do to help you reset and recharge for the week ahead. I do most of these on Sunday evenings and it really doesn’t take that long. The trade-off for a little time is that Mondays and the days ahead go so much smoother. Now, I will admit, I do not do all 9 of these every.single.Sunday but even some help and I ALWAYS do this first one.
 1. Plan Your Outfits For The Week

I first learned this about 20 years ago from my friend Kris. Hanging on a bar in her bathroom would be 5 work outfits with jewelry and accessories attached, how smart! I’ve been choosing my outfits the Sunday before for many years now… it takes just a few minutes to choose the outfits and it really saves me a groggy, sleepy headache in the morning of worrying about putting together a cute, professional look. If it is just an errands day, I even put that out too. 

2. Get the Ironing Done
I HATE to iron, yes I do. There is no way I am lugging out the ironing board every night. So, ya know how I plan my outfits for the week? I also iron items any that need it. That way I am only doing it once and not more than I want to.

3. Prepare Breakfast and Lunch For Monday



I find cooking and preparing food very relaxing and peaceful, so I enjoy putting together a breakfast and lunch for the next day Sunday evening. Some dishes can’t be prepared too far in advance, but you can make up some items, like grilled chicken or pasta, and they’ll easily stay fresh all week and is perfect for lunches.

4. Prep Evening Meals Food For The Week


Again, Sunday’s are the perfect time to prep ingredients and think about what you may be having for dinner that week. Diced up veggies if needed. Also, what you have for Sunday dinner may turn into other dishes for the weeknights. A pot roast, for example, can turn into roast beef sandwiches or beef Manhattans. Mondays are also a great time for a crock-pot meal so prep it on Sunday, refrigerate the ceramic portion and simply plug-in on Monday morning.


5. Check Your Calendar and Make Lists


One of the last things I do before I get my Sunday night Zzz’s is check my calendar for the week and craft a relevant to-do list. This typically includes anything from items to purchase at the grocery store, to people I should call and catch up with, to bills that need to be paid, to blog posts I’d like to write, to things that have to do with the kids or the dog, to goals for the next seven days. Writing down what I need to get done clears my head of the madness and truly helps me to refocus for the week ahead.

6. Empty all your trashcans
Emptying your trashcans is an excellent way to do away with the past week and reset for the week ahead. Plus, clean, empty trashcans at the beginning of your week won’t leave you with the added stress of needing to take out the garbage before or after work.


 7. Restock your refrigerator and pantry

Make sure to take a trip to the grocery store over the weekend to restock your kitchen–both the fridge and the pantry. There’s nothing worse than coming home from work to find that you have absolutely nothing to eat!I hate going to the grocery store when it is crowded. I find that late on Saturday (if you have no plans) or early on Sunday is when there is hardly anyone there.


8. Tidy Up

By no means am I saying clean, although I know many people who do on the weekends, especially Saturday Morning. What I am saying is having a tidy home is a great feeling. Clean things off the counters and desk, make sure all the Landry is folded. If you are like me, when you go on vacation, you like to come home to a clean house. Well, shouldn't it be the same on a Monday, coming home to neatness. :)

9. Think Of The Little Things

I take a large amount of vitamins, so every Sunday I get out the bottles and fill up my vitamin container. Or maybe you want to take some items to work for that week, throw em' in your work bag on Sunday Evening.




I have to tell you…these simple things truly set me up for a successful week. My mind isn’t cluttered with a million different things that I need to get done each morning before work or evening after work, which puts me at ease and it will put you at ease too. I hope!
What do you like to do to get ready for the week ahead?

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36 comments:

  1. Great ideas! Anything to make the week go more smoothly and with less stress. :)

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    1. You got it girl! Hope this Monday and the week are marvelous for you!! :-)

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  2. Great tips. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

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    1. Thank you Samantha! Happy Monday! :)

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  3. I really need to start planning my outfits out for the week - the only days I do it are the mornings that I actually go to the gym in the morning!! I also used to be good at making a big breakfast that I could refrigerate on Sundays - I'll need to do that again! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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    1. Get to it girl!! Ha ha. I hope you have one Amazing Monday!!

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  4. I really try to keep my weekends low key and unplanned as well. I just need those two days where I'm not thinking about anything but relaxing!

    Brooke
    pumps and push-ups

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    1. You got it girl and I hope the week ahead is smooth and happy!!

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  5. These are all great ideas! Thanks for sharing :) I love prepping for the week on Sundays, it makes the week so much less hectic!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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    1. You betcha!!! I hope your week ahead is low stress and ever so happy!! :-)

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  6. This is such a great list! It truly makes the week go more smoothly when you have things planned out for the entire week! Also, I am loving that red top with the white jeans! You look so cute!! Happy Monday!

    xo, Rachel
    www.ablondesmoment.com

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    1. Aww, thank you my love!! Here's to a happy and smooth week ahead for you! :-)

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  7. Great list! I usually use my Sunday evenings for relaxing on the couch, and I also prepare my outfit for Monday morning and my breakfast and lunch :)

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    1. Sounds perfect to me :-) May your week ahead be smooth and full of happiness!!

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  8. Happy Monday, lovely! YOU are beautiful, inside and out! Thank you for your tips! Seriously love stopping by your blog!
    Sending you much love!!!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    www.whatwouldvwear.net

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    1. You're the BEST Vanessa!!! I hope your Monday is simply Amazing beautiful lady!! xo

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  9. Great tips Andrea!! Thank you so much for sharing. :-) I hope that you had a nice weekend and that your week is off to a good start! :-)

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    1. Thank you my beautiful Chi-Town friend!!! :-)

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  10. I wish I had more weekend free time to do all of this! It sounds like it really takes away some of the weekday stress! Thanks for sharing!

    xx,
    Susie

    www.SequinsandStrawberries.com

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  11. Great tips, Andrea! Thanks for posting this! Hope you had a great weekend.

    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com

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  12. These are some wonderful tips! Your blog is so wonderful! Thanks so much for stopping by coffee and a blonde
    xoxo,Victoria
    www.coffeeandablonde.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much Victoria. You know I'm over the moon for your Blog Too!!! :-) Happy Monday pretty lady!

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  13. These are great ideas!!! I go grocery shopping and do some meal prepping on Sundays. I try to get my laundry caught up, sometimes I get to the ironing...sometime I dont...depending on if stuff is dry or not. I try not to get the Sunday night blues because I always feel like that Monday cloud is hanging overhead. Stupid Mondays. Haha! Have a great week!

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    1. I hope there is no cloud over your head today, only air conditioning!!!! :-)

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  14. Great tips! I always try to mkae lunch the night before, so helpful!!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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    1. Awesome! And I hope this Monday is going great for you!!!! :-)

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  15. Why oh why did I never thought of preparing my work clothes Mon - Fri in the past? It was the one thing that always make me late, trying to figure out what to wear and I'm still half asleep. I was wondering if you can do a post about what vitamins are you taking and the benefits? I take a lot too but was told it does nothing for the body and has now cut down my vitamins intake.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  16. Too bad "Staying up late on Instagram" wasn't on this list!! ;) That's what I got sucked into last night!! Great list, love your blog too! -xx

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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    1. This cracked me up Shauna!!! You're such a doll!! xo

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  17. I so need to be better at everything on this list! I can definitely see how all these little things would help me not be so crazy throughout the week. Thanks for the ideas you beautiful woman! BTW, I also saw Spy this weekend, SO HILARIOUS! Fellow Melissa McCarthy lovers for life! XO -Kim

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  18. Make lists....I am the queen of making lists for things I need to do. I literally once wrote down "take a shower" because I was so busy I didn't want to forget to take one! haha!
    -Margaret
    http://happyinheels.blogspot.com/

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  20. Sundays are a rest day for me, but Saturdays are normally a "clean the house, make lists and do things day." Thanks for the tips. I need to get better about picking out my outfits and kids ahead of the new week though.
    Thanks for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me"
    Rachel xo

    Garay Treasures

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  21. So true! But still, so hard to get done haha. Great post!

    xo,
    Sara Kate Styling

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  22. Great tips! Mondays are so much better when you prepare for them on Sundays....

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